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Plastic Aquarium Plants

If you want plant life in you tank without needing to go through the hassle of maintaining live plants, plastic aquarium plants may be the perfect solution for you. While hardy aquarium plants are difficult to kill and very easy to care for, trimming and basic pruning is still required, which can be a headache for those that do not have the time to prune the plants as required. As plastic aquarium plants do not have this problem, they are excellent alternatives for those who love fish but do not have the extra time to invest to care for the live plants.

When you are selecting plastic aquarium plants, you need to make certain that there are no sharp edges for your fish to hurt themselves on. Some species, like the Betta Splendens, will shred their long fins on sharp plastic aquarium plants, which can negatively impact the look of your entire aquarium. Silk plants and fresh water aquarium plants do not have this problem, which limits your choice in plastic aquarium plants.

Once you have purchased plastic aquarium plants, there are a few things that you will need to do in order to care for them. First, you will need to make certain that their bases are weighed down with a material that will not cause harm to your fish. Many fish keepers will use sand or gravel from the aquarium to hide and weigh down the bases so that the plastic does not float to the top of the aquarium.

If you have a disease outbreak in a tank with plastic aquarium plants that has wiped out the entire tank, you will need to remove and sterilize all of the equipment used in the aquarium, including the filter, heater, thermometer and plants. As the tank itself is difficult to sterilize, you will need to drain it entirely of water and let it air dry until all of the bacterias that were present within the water will have died due to lack of water and exposure to air.

While there are benefits to both fresh water aquarium plants and plastic aquarium plants, if you take the time to do your research, you should be able to make the best decision for you and your fish.

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